mary mary quite contrary

MaryMary, quite contrary,marymary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

The oldest known version was first published in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book (c. 1744) with the following lyrics:
Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
And so my garden grows.

Several printed versions of the eighteenth century have the lyrics:
Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
Sing cuckolds all in a row.

The last line has the most variation including:
Cowslips all in arow.
and
With lady bells all in a row.

Next year I will…

Step 1

Cherish every sunrise

Step 2

Retire from work and cherish the garden and life

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April Seedlings

Seedlings of large early tomatoes in the picture below. They went to the greenhouse, and had to come back in the house to the grow lights. Now are doing fine. They will be joining others in the greenhouse again soon. These are sweet and blight tolerant. In the greenhouse are seedlings of cherry tomatoes and …

Garden Begins

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